It's Paris – but probably not so you know it.
These great vintage images, created in the & # 39; s, show the streets of & # 39; a French capital before being filled with tourists who wager selfie sticks and & # 39; influencers & # 39; posing for Instagram.
They were taken in the & # 39; s by photographer Allan Hailstone in & # 39; over two short trips, one in July 1955 with his father and another with a college friend in September 1959. Mr. Hailstone, originally from Coventry, took hundreds of beautiful images of Paris's most captivating scenes and architecture – the Champs-Élysées, the lively streets of Montmarte, the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral and the magnificent Arc de Triomphe.
In the 1950s, Paris after the war began to establish itself as a city of culture, although many residents still lived in defective apartments, with many buildings from & # 39; a late 1800s. Tourists visited the city, but not in the huge numbers they do today.
Mr Hailstone, who posted his vintage images on Flickr, told MailOnline Travel: & # 39; I think the main difference from Paris back then was the lack of tourists. Today, the arrival of cheap air fares means that every interesting city in the world is filled with visitors. One of my old Montmartre photos of & # 39; famous Boulangerie Street with Sacre Coeur in & # 39; e farthest shows an abandoned street. Today, that street is full of visitors, as I saw last year when I was there. & # 39;
Scroll down to see a selection of Mr Hailstone's beautiful black and white Parisian photos …
The beautiful view overlooking Avenue d & # 39; Iéna captures from Arc de Triomphe on July 30, 1955. Mr. Hailstone traveled twice to Paris in the 1950s
Mr. Hailstone wandered in & # 39; middle of & # 39; a road to take this beautiful shot from & # 39; e Avenue des Champs-Élysées, to & # 39; t towards the Arc de Triomphe, left. The historic passage runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the majestic monument is located. It is mapped to the current right
On his trip to Paris in July 1955, Mr. Hailstone captured this image, on the left, of the Place de la Concorde, with the Eiffel Tower behind. Place de la Concorde, pictured today, right, is the largest square in Paris
The play outside the Assembly National Building, the Palais Bourbon, on Place de la Concorde on July 29, 1955. Translated into English as the National Assembly, it is the lower house of the French Parliament. The building, pictured today, dates from 1726
Mr. Hailstone captured this charming image, left, outside the Paris Opera House on a warm July day in 1955. It is located on Rue Scribe in & # 39; the 9th arrondissement of & # 39; e city
Birds gather about two men who sell their goods in a garden near the Louvre Museum in September 1959. One Flickr user wrote: & # 39; Breathtaking – impossible to say why. Like a child's dream & # 39;
One of & # 39; s favorite old green buses makes its way through the streets of Paris. One person noticed on Flickr: & # 39; A long route, through some interesting places. Some are for tourists, but not all & # 39;
The view over the Seine River conquered from & # 39; top of & # 39; e Notre-Dame Cathedral in September 1959. A huge fire in April nearly destroyed the landmark building
The view over the roofs of Paris taken from & # 39; top of & # 39; a clock tower at Notre-Dame in July 1955. To & # 39; top of & # 39; The tour gives visitors a 360-degree view of the French capital
Tourists stand between the gargoyles as they look out over the roofs of Paris at the & # 39; Notre Dame summit in September 1959
A view of the roofs of Paris, taken from & # 39; the summit of Notre-Dame in September 1959, left, and today, right. The enormous dome building in the background is the Panthéon in the Latin Quarter of & # 39; e French capital
Avenue des Champs-Élysées at the intersection with Avenue de Selves found in July 1955. Avenue de Selves is one of the shortest avenues in Paris
The images of Mr. Hailstone of Paris were cut during two trips he made to the French capital – one in 1955 and another in 1959. Pictured are Parisians who did not enjoy July 1955 of a glass of wine in a cafe
Mr. Hailstone captured this shot of three police officers crossing the road on Rue Flechier in July 1955. The street is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris
Mr. Hailstone captured this fascinating image of an artist who tried to restore Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in July 1955 in the Louvre. One person noticed on Flickr that the artist & # 39; not too shabby & # 39; used to be
Mr. Hailstone captured this fascinating image in a Paris restaurant in July 1955. After posting to Flickr, one user said: & # 39; I loved the old France of family restaurants and smoky café bars. Now sadly gone & # 39;
The tables are full of customers outside the Cafe de la Paix in July 1955. The cafe is located on the northwest corner of Boulevard des Capucines and Place de l'Opera. It is still open today
A well-dressed Parisian woman walks with a goat on a lead through the streets of Paris, on the left. Pictured right are the famous steep steps on Rue Drevet in the Montmartre area of Paris. Both images were captured in July 1955
The well-known view of & # 39; Boulangerie & # 39; in the Montmartre area of Paris in September 1959. The top of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica can be seen sliding through the top of buildings. Today, this street is tired of tourists not trying to get the perfect Instagram shot
The corner of Rue Saint-Vincent and Rue des Saules in the Montmartre area of Paris in September 1959. One person wrote on Flickr: & # 39; This corner has not changed since then. And the vineyard is still there, behind the view of & # 39; e photographer & # 39;
Commuters pack on a subway train in Paris in September 1959. The Paris metro first opened in 1900 and is mostly underground
This Paris bar, pictured in July 1955, advertises & # 39; Gourmet beer & # 39; of La Slavia. In the & # 39; s, the population saw in & # 39; e French capital and tourist balloon explode
A group of young children smiled in front of the camera on Rue Berthe in Montmarte. The & # 39; Mercerie & # 39; on the corner is a haberdashery
A young girl sits and looks out the window of a building on & # 39; Rue Gabrielle in the Montmartre area. After all, the street is named after the wife of & # 39; the owner of the building